State officials confirm first Texan death from swine flu

McALLEN, Texas (AP) - State health officials today confirmed the first death of a Texan due to swine flu -- plus it's the nation's second swine flu death.

Also, one of the biggest school districts in Texas -- Fort Worth -- has decided that classes will resume Friday, instead of being called off until May 11. The district has about 80,000 students.

As for the second death, authorities say the woman -- who was in her 30's -- lived in Cameron County, along the border with Mexico, and had other, chronic health conditions.

The Texas Department of State Health Services says the woman died this week.

Last week, a toddler boy from Mexico City died at a Houston hospital.

Also:

-- The El Paso County district clerk is suspending passport processing services at the courthouse for three weeks over concerns about swine flu. The suspension comes less than a month before U.S. citizens are required to carry a passport or passport card to return to the U.S. from Mexico.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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